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Orange Reveals Intel-Powered San Diego Smartphone; Arrives in U.K. on June 6

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Orange has this morning unveiled the Orange San Diego, an Android smartphone that has been designed by Intel and is powered by an Intel Atom Z2460 (Medfield) processor. The handset, which was previously codenamed the Orange Santa Clara, is the first Intel-powered smartphone to arrive in Europe, and it will go on sale on June 6.

The San Diego will cost just £200 (approx. $310) on pay-as-you-go — which includes £10 credit — or it can be obtained for free on 24-month contracts starting at just £15.50 (approx. $24) per month. Those prices suggest this is a budget Android smartphone, but it does offer some nice specifications, and it’s certainly no slouch.

In addition to the 1.6GHz Medfield processor, the San Diego boasts a 4.03-inch display, 1GB of RAM, an 8-megapixel camera capable of shooting 1080p video, XMM 6260 HSPA+ connectivity, and a battery that promises to provide you with up to 14 days of standby time.

Orange says it has worked closely with Google to ensure Android apps play nicely with that Intel chip. But one thing the San Diego won’t support when it ships is Ice Cream Sandwich. Orange has, for some strange reason, chosen to use Gingerbread instead. Whether or not the device will get an Ice Cream Sandwich update later — and there’s no reason why it shouldn’t — is yet to be confirmed.

The San Diego will make its debut in the United Kingdom and France on June 6. According to The Verge, that £200 price tag is an introductory price that will increase, so you may want to get in early if this handset is on your shopping list.

What do you think of the Orange San Diego?

[via The Verge]


Killian Bell

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